FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots took a 28-0 lead two minutes into the second half and went on to beat the Houston Texans 42-14 on Monday night.
The Patriots improved to 10-3, while the Texans fell to 11-2 and dropped their first road game in seven tries this season.
Houston will host the Indianapolis Colts (9-4) on Sunday. The Colts still could win the AFC South by winning out, including both upcoming games against the Texans.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hit tight end Aaron Hernandez for two scores in the first half; threw a 37-yard scoring strike to Brandon Lloyd in the first quarter; and built New England’s lead to 28-0 by connecting with Donte Stallworth for a 63-yard touchdown pass at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter.
New England scored in the final quarter on a fumble recovery by Lloyd and a 14-yard scoring run by Steven Ridley.
Brady finished 21 of 35 for 296 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.